Early Years, Nursery and childcare providers

Dedicated to Early Years, Nursery, Babies and Toddlers. Providing the latest information around government legislation, Ofstead, and health and safety, latest products and services.


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 Queen’s birthday present for Busy Bees Childcare

Busy Bees, the leading provider of childcare in the UK, has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Queens Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity.

The royal accolade, handed out in honour of the Queen’s 93rd birthday, recognises the organisation’s social mobility programme and commitment to quality training for its early years apprentices.

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autism eyfs blocks

An internationally successful autism programme for children aged 18-40 months is launching in the UK. The USA's early autism intervention programme, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), is being launched by the Re:Cognition Health clinic.

Hailed as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2012, ESDM is a play-based therapy that has rapidly been adopted in the USA, Canada, Australia and France as an effective method for treating toddlers with autism. Several published studies have shown evidence of improvements in cognitive skills and IQ, language and social behaviour of young children who have received early treatment with the ESDM programme.

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Megger Makes PAT Testing Easier Than Ever

Simple and fast to use, reliable and robust, compact handheld PAT testers in the groundbreaking PAT100 series from Megger are the ideal choice for carrying low to medium volume testing in offices, shops, business units and similar environments. Their very short learning curve and their tough construction – they feature Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the display and rubber armouring for the cases – means they’re also well suited for use by training organisations.

Megger PAT100 series testers are currently available in three models – PAT120, PAT150 and PAT150R. 
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children bikes

Pedal power to London nursery children with donation of 56 bikes to help tackle the capital’s obesity epidemic, One in five children in the UK start school either overweight or obese. Bikeworks donates 56 bikes to London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) to get nursery children active.

June O’Sullivan MBE warns of ‘absolute crisis’ in nurseries with some children unable to cross their legs due to being overweight.

Call for London Mayor to give every London child access to a bike whilst at nursery to help curb the Capital’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic

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headstart refurb reading

A whole-school refurb meant that privately-owned nursery Headstart was in for a complete change. Not only did the setting get a makeover, but the work also meant moving rooms within the school building. We asked how manager Alison Davies and her team coped with the alterations, and how they feel about their new setting now the dust has settled…

What was your setting like before the refurb and what was on your wish list of improvements?

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SEA LIFE Scarborough

At SEA LIFE Scarborough, we offer a truly unique alternative for your nursery trips. We make sure that your class gets up close and personal to our amazing displays and aim to give young children a fun and memorable experience that helps them to 'understand the world' - one of the four learning and development requirements of the DfE Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Let us take you on an underwater journey and show you a whole new world of discovery. With over 1,000 creatures to discover, including penguins, otters, seals, sharks and turtles, your class will be amazed by what we have to show them! 

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shared reading willow tree cat and dog cover

A new imprint of children’s books has been released with the focus on accessible, loved and trusted stories ideal for shared reading with adults.

Willow Tree’s Picture Story books and chapter fiction stories are all designed to generate a love of reading. They have launched a range of adorable animals which have adventures, work through squabbles and welcome new family members.

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early years technology touch table

Early years technology has a crucial role in helping children to understand how to work as a team, understand roles and responsibilities and engage with learning; building a solid foundation between nursery and primary school. Here, Carl Sheen, former teacher and head of training and development at Genee World looks at how early years technology can help build skills among pre-schoolers…

Nursery pupils are at a crucial time in their lives, where hands-on exploration of their surroundings to build physical skills is just as important as mental exploration and imagination are to communication skills.

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